In February 2010 Blinn’s seven-member board of trustees approved the hiring of Houston-based architects Ambrose and House to design and build a 300-bed, $10 million dormitory on the Brenham campus.
Construction started in July 2010 with project completion slated for summer 2011. The dorm is located on the corner of High and Third streets, adjacent to Beasley Hall and the Ag-Ed Building.
More than 200 of the dorm’s 300 beds are in single occupancy rooms. The floor plans vary, but most of the units have four private bedrooms. A few units have one or two private bedrooms. The architects also designed the building with secured and controlled entrance and exit options and lockable dorm room closets. Featuring three stories, a design for energy efficiency and built with materials that abate sound, the building was designed to blend architecturally with the existing structures on campus.
In February 2011, the building was officially named the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall after a donation from the Bert Wheeler Foundation.
In February 2010 the Blinn Board approved Cutright & Allen, Inc. to provide design services for the remodeling and expansion of the Agricultural Building on the Brenham campus.
Later that summer, in June, Blue Bell Creameries Chairman of the Board Ed Kruse, Chief Financial Officer Bill Rankin and “Friends” presented a $450,000 check to the Blinn College Foundation for the agricultural facility.
In January 2011 Blinn’s Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology welcomed students into its new Ag Shop building. The Ag Shop, the first of the two buildings to be opened in 2011, is 14,435 square feet and designed for courses in small engine repair, woodworking, welding and CAD drafting. Construction is underway on the 9,000 square-foot building that will house more classrooms, laboratories and a livestock show arena/pavilion. The class/pavilion structure is scheduled for completion in August 2011.
Total cost of the project is expected to be $3 million.
In February 2010, the Blinn Board approved Cutright & Allen, Inc. to provide design services for the remodeling and expansion of the Band Hall on the Brenham campus. Construction, totaling $1.5 million, should be completed by August 2011.
The facility’s construction will add 9,515 square feet of classrooms, labs, additional rehearsal halls, new practice rooms and extra storage space.
In December 2010 longtime Blinn supporters and Blinn alumni J. Hal and Allyne Machat presented a donation of $300,000 to the Blinn College Foundation in support of the band hall. In recognition of their generosity, the Blinn Board officially named the building the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility at the February 2011 board meeting.
In October 2010 the Blinn Board authorized administration to finalize negotiations and enter into a lease agreement with Brazos Valley HealthRealty, LLC, for more than 50,000 square feet of space on the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC) campus to offer allied health classes in fall 2011.
The Blinn building at the new A&M campus, located on 200 acres along State Highway 47 in Bryan, will be the campus’s first clinical building to open and will feature student training space and equipment. The 127,500-square-foot facility will also serve as home for a Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, the Texas Brain and Spine Institute, a St. Joseph Health System imaging center, and the HSC-College of Medicine and HSC-Rural and Community Health Institute. It will house practice and various simulation labs, as well as classrooms and offices.
Blinn’s administration plans for 550 Blinn students to take classes and participate in labs at the TAMHSC campus in phase one, with the move of vocational and associate degree nursing, radiologic technology, EMS, physical therapist assistant and radiologic technology programs.